They were at Los Angeles National Cemetery. He was one of the four veterans who received the medal at a Sunday, Nov. 11, ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Lorraine Vega reacts with her husband Rudy as her dad, Army veteran Ventura De La Torre, receive France’s highest awards — the Legion of Honor — during a ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Within days of arriving, he was in combat, his truck towing a 105mm Howitzer cannon throughout Europe. They sang the French National Anthem and La Marseillaise among other patriotic music. Lemoine presented the medal to military nurse Leila Morrison of Windsor; B-24 pilot Bill Powell of Fort Collins;… On Nov. 9, De La Torre was notified he would be receiving the country’s high honor. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Family and friends watch as four veterans receive France’s Legion of Honor medal during a ceremony at Los Angles National Cemetery on Sunday, November 11, 2018. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, made the presentation Monday evening at the French Consulate home in Beverly Hills. “I can still smell what it was,” he said, as he looked through pictures of the Buchenwald camp. Le poste était précédemment occupé par Christophe Lemoine, ancien chef de cabinet de Laurent Fabius. “I’m just a…,” De La Torre said, trailing off. We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. He learned welding and car mechanics from night classes at Fullerton College. AJC's mission is to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General to France in Los Angeles, presented the medal to Ochsner and nine other veterans who gave “extraordinary service.” “You left your homes and families to liberate us,” Lemoine remarked. “All of us were scared.”. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Ventura De La Torre, who served in the Third Army 80th Division 317th Regiment, gets congratulated by Consul General of France, Christophe Lemoine, after bestowing him with the Legion of Honor medal, France’s highest distinction on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Christophe Lemoine, consul general of France, from left, Rutledge Mills and John Wright stand at attention while the French and American national anthems are played. Ventura De La Torre, who served in the Third Army 80th Division 317th Regiment, gets congratulated by Consul General of France, Christophe Lemoine, … We applaud French President Emmanuel Macron for calling his government to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of antisemitism. / Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images A few months later, in 1945, De La Torre was a part of the division that liberated two concentration camps, Buchenwald and Ebensee. Christophe Lemoine (I) on IMDb: Movies, Tv, Celebrities, and more... Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events AJC recently met with the Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Christophe Lemoine, a friend and ally of the Jewish community. Or, contact our editors by emailing moderator@scng.com. Christophe Lemoine, French Consul General France in Los Angeles, honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks held in Paris on November 13 2015. Christophe Lemoine (born December 11, 1978) is a French actor and voice actor who "specializes" in dubbing.He is only known as the voice of Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Eric Cartman in South Park, Tucker Foley and Vlad Plasmius in Danny Phantom, and Arnold Perlstein in The Magic School Bus. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. Christophe Lemoine, French consul general in Los Angeles, pins the Legion of Honor medal on retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Raymond “Glenn” Clanin. His company was shelled as soon as he parked his truck to set up the cannon. ... doit être nommé dans les prochains jours consul de France à Los Angeles. - Christophe Lemoine, Consul Général of France in Los Angeles - Nelly Sadoun, Déléguée Générale of the Alliance Française Network in the United States based in Washington DC - Olivier Ngo, Higher Education and French Language Attaché at the French Consulate in Los Angeles The presentation of the awards were made by Mr. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles. Retired Lt. … Jeong Park covers the inland Orange County cities and communities for The Orange County Register. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), “You can see all those killings,” he recounted. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Consulate General of France. “I’ve been thinking about it.”. February 21, 2019 Philippe Besson, écrivain et désormais consul de France à Los Angeles. “You never knew when you are gonna get hit.”. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), More than 100 people attend the Veterans Day ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Sunday, November 11, 2018. But he said he doesn’t know what to say about the French Legion of Honor, that country’s highest military honor. He has a pilot’s license. French Consul General Christophe Lemoine awards former B-17 bomber tail gunner and Staff Sgt. Edward Lopez, from left, Baron Tag-VonStein, Ventura De La Torre and Alfred Rocco were recognized during a Veterans Day ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery. They recorded conversations with De La Torre, and collected documents to be sent to the French Consulate General. AJC Welcomes EC Handbook for Antisemitism Working Definition, Shabbat Parshat Shmot - AJC Shabbat Table, Shapiro Silverberg AJC Central Europe (Warsaw), Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs. The presentations was made by Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, at a private ceremony held on board the French Naval Patrol Vessel B2M Bougainville on October 23rd at Naval Base San Diego, Pier 4. But, more than 70 years later, his family knew just bits and pieces of De La Torre’s journey. He was back on the battlefield after a month. Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr., the Space and Missile Systems Center vice commander, addresses the audience as Christophe Lemoine, the French consul general in Los Angeles, prepares to present identical twin brothers and retired Air Force Reserve Majs. Roger Wiens (right), leader of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ChemCam project, received the honorary title of knight in France’s Academic Order of Palms. Christophe Lemoine (left), Consul General of France, presented him with the insignia. The medal is the French government's highest distinction for military service as a World War II veteran. View Christophe Lemoine’s professional profile on LinkedIn. Christophe Lemoine, French consul general in Los Angeles, joins an audience of family and friends at the Gordon Conference Center in the Schriever Space Complex of the Space and Missile Systems Center in congratulating identical twin brothers and retired Air Force Reserve Majs. France's Consul General Christophe Lemoine pins the French Legion of Honor Medal on World War II veteran Carl Robertson Sr. at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building. He spent few months in Indiana as a reporter before coming to the Register. Four veterans are recognized with France’s highest distinctions — the Legion of Honor medal — during the 100 year anniversary of the the end of WWI on Sunday, November 11, 2018. C'est un poste convoité et prestigieux. A piece of shrapnel tore a hole in De La Torre’s arm, leaving a scar. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Chinese artist Cao Yong flew from China to deliver his painting “Freedom” that he painted after 9/11, to Consul General of France, Christophe Lemoine, as a gift on Veterans Day and the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Christophe Lemoine (Consul General of France in Los Angeles) presents the insignia of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur to SSgt. “We just took off in different directions,” he said. WWII veteran from Fullerton is humble as he…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), WWII veteran from Fullerton is humble as he receives the French Legion of Honor, Several OC cities ask to lower housing goals, some argue Santa Ana should plan for more, Orange County surpasses 2,000 people reported dead from the coronavirus, Irvine settles lawsuit over former mayor Shea’s social media blocking, Coronavirus: 43 new deaths push Orange County over 2,000 mark. “It was a nightmare.”. For him, the award is also a reminder for those he had gone to war with and lost lost, he said. BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 5: Frédéric Mitterrand, Frédérique Bredin, Christophe LEMOINE Consul General of France, At Consul General Of France Hosts 90th Academy Awards French Nominees Reception at La Residence de France in Beverly Hills, California on March 5, 2018. Credit: Faye Sadou/MediaPunch (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Ventura De La Torre, who served in the Army’s 317th Infantry Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division, gets the Legion of Honor medal, France’s highest distinctions, by Consul General of France, Christophe Lemoine on Sunday, November 11, 2018. On Nov. 11, 1944, De La Torre was driving in Nancy, France, near the German border. French Consul General Christophe Lemoine and his husband, Samson Verma, hosted a reception on September 22 for ADL leaders and members of the diplomatic corps at their official residence in Beverly Hills. Consul General of France Christophe Lemoine attends the Colcoa French Film Festival Opening night on April 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Korea but grew up in Southern California, bouncing from Van Nuys to Pomona to Westwood, where he attended UCLA. Il était occupé depuis 2015 par Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. They were at Los Angeles National Cemetery. He is always looking for good Asian food, which there are thankfully plenty of in OC. He was in more than 200 days of continuous combat, from Northern France to the Rhineland and Central Europe. He kept driving, in the dark, often not knowing what was ahead. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Chinese artist Cao Yong flew from China to deliver his painting “Freedom” that he created after 9/11, to Consul General of France, Christophe Lemoine, as a gift on Veterans Day and the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI on Sunday, November 11, 2018. WINDSOR — Five times Monday afternoon, French Consul General Christophe Lemoine spoke in French, pinned a Legion of Honor medal on an elderly Colorado veteran of the European Theater in World War II, and embraced the recipient. Ventura De La Torre is a man of many accomplishments. He arrived in France in 1944 as part of Gen. George Patton’s Third Army, after training for a year in the United States and sailing over on the RMS Queen Mary. Philippe Besson, consul à Los Angeles : l'annonce fait beaucoup, beaucoup parler. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Ventura De La Torre, who served in the Army’s 317th Infantry Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division, gets the Legion of Honor medal during a Veterans Day ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Sunday, November 11, 2018. He saw his 80th Division and 317th Regiment losing men day after day. “Enemy is up there waiting,” he said. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Children from Le LycŽe Franais de Los Angeles perform at Los Angeles National Cemetery during Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, 2018. He worked in the Fullerton city government for 27 years. De La Torre came home in time for a victory parade in New York. Lieutenant Alexis Gollnisch is in command. Octavio Huerta U.S. Army Air Corps (Ret) in recognition of his distinguished service in France during World War II. The 10 veterans who were honored included: Colonel Robert (Bob) W. Smothers, USAF (Ret) was born in Fullerton, California in December 1922. The reception was held in remembrance of and solidarity with victims of terrorism worldwide. The Hon. He can still look at the picture from his basic training and pick out the friends who died. Consul General of France in Los Angeles Christophe Lemoine and Executive Producer and Artistic Director of COLCOA French Film Festival Francois Truffart attend The COLCOA French Film Festival 20th... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images The Hon. Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We applaud French President Emmanuel Macron for calling his government to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of antisemitism. — Los Angeles. AJC recently met with the Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Christophe Lemoine, a friend and ally of the Jewish community. BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 5: Christophe LEMOINE Consul General of France, At Consul General Of France Hosts 90th Academy Awards French Nominees Reception at La Residence de France in Beverly Hills, California on March 5, 2018. Credit: Faye Sadou/MediaPunch They felt his journey needed to be remembered and honored. And he is sure to emphasize his family of three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Philip Daily of Brighton with the Legion of Honor medal Monday in Windsor. France's Consul General Christophe Lemoine pins the French Legion of Honor Medal on World War II veteran Carl Robertson Sr. at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), Diana De La Torre, the daughter-in-law of Ventura De La Torre, watches as he and three other veterans are bestowed France’s highest award — the Legion of Honor — during a ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Sunday, November 11, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Van De Ha) PHOTO DETAILS / DOWNLOAD HI-RES 3 of 10 Daily's plane was shot down on his 25th mission and he was in Stalag Luft IV until he survived a horrific forced march as the war in Europe was winding down.